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CLAIR News October 2020

Online Job Hunting Seminar and Networking with Japanese Companies
for International Students and International Job Seekers in Shiga

Shiga Prefecture is organizing an ‘Online Job Hunting Seminar and Networking with Japanese Companies’ event for international students and international job seekers who wish to work in companies which are based in Shiga, Japan. 8 companies that are planning to recruit international employees will participate in this event. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity!

※Please visit the website for details. (Japanese Only)

《Event Outline》

●Date and Time:
①14:30-17:00, Thursday, 29th October, 2020.
②10:00-12:30, Saturday, 31st October, 2020.
③14:30-17:00, Thursday, 5th November, 2020.
④10:00-12:30, Saturday, 7th October, 2020.

※Two different companies will participate in each session.
※You can participate in any number of sessions.
※You don’t have to participate in the full session.
※You are also free to join the individual consultation part only.

Held as a video conference using Zoom

※You can participate wherever you are!

●Admission: Free

●Language: Japanese

●Eligible Participants:

・ International students expected to graduate from undergraduate or graduate school in March 2021 or later.

※International job seekers are expected to be able to communicate in Japanese.

●Description of the Event:

Part 1 Job Hunting Seminar – How to start job hunting in Japan, etc.

※Topics are different according to the day you join. Please check out our website.

Part 2 Networking with Japanese Companies in Shiga – Company introduction sessions and Networking. You can learn about Japanese companies and ask questions.

Part 3 Individual Consultation by certified legal specalists
You can ask any questions relating to job seeking, such as residential status and how to make your Japanese resume.

●Deadline: Friday, 23rd October, 2020

Please sign up from the following link (Shiga Online Registration)! (Japanese Only)

A FREE career fair for foreign residents will be held in Gunma!

The ‘Global Career Fair in Gunma’ will be held in Takasaki, Gunma for non-Japanese professionals interested in working in Gunma. As many as 15 local companies looking for foreign employees will attend.


■This event includes:

In this workshop, you can analyse your strengths and learn how to effectively demonstrate your talents to Japanese companies.

Company information booths: Learn about the job expectations of each participating company at their booths.
Consultation Corner: A certified legal specialist will be available for free consultations regarding employment, residence status, etc.
Please note that the event will take place in JAPANESE ONLY.


October 17th, 2020
GROUP 1 10:00-14:30
GROUP 2 13:00-16:30
You can choose GROUP 1 or GROUP 2.


12-24 Iwaoshi-cho, Takasaki-shi, Gunma
15 minute walk from Takasaki Station.


ALTs, CIRs, and international students

If you’re interested, be sure to apply to attend the fair via our application website below by **October 14th**!

Please see the following website for more details!

Job Fair for International Students and International Job Seekers in Sapporo

The Sapporo Chamber of Commerce and Industry will hold a ‘Job Fair’ for international students and international job seekers who wish to work in companieswhich are based in Hokkaido, Japan. Approximately 10 exhibiting companies that are planning to recruit international employees will participate in this fair. You can also participate in it online. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity!

※Please visit the following website for details.

《Event Outline》

●Date and Time: Thursday, 22nd October, 2020.
【Part 1】10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
【Part 2】1:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m.

※It will be divided into two parts to prevent congestion.

●Venue: Hokkaido Keizai Center Bldg. 8th Floor, Hall A
(Kita 1, Nishi 2, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido, 060-8610, Japan)

※We are also accepting online participations. Don’t worry wherever you are!

●Admission: Free

●Eligible Participants:
・ International students expected to graduate from undergraduate, graduate, or vocational school in March 2021 or later.
・ International job seekers who are in their 30s or younger and who possess at least N2 or more on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test are desirable.

●Event Details:
You can visit booths of Japanese companies and have conversations with company personnel. Also, there will be booths where you can ask about any questions relating to your job seeking, such as how to make your Japanese resume and residential status.

●Deadline: Tuesday, 20th October, 2020

CIR Mid-Year Conference

The CIR Mid-Year Conference will take place online from 30 November – 2 December, 2020. For more information, please ask your contracting organisation supervisor.

SEA Mid-Year Conference

The SEA Mid-Year Conference will take place online on 16 December. For more information, please ask your contracting organisation supervisor.

Regarding the New Coronavirus

It is necessary to continue to observe basic safety measures against infection, such as avoiding the “three Cs”: Confined spaces (with poor ventilation), Crowded places (with many people nearby), and Close contact (with people), as well as wearing a mask.

For further details please visit the websites of the government or local governments, etc.

CLAIR has compiled information about the new Coronavirus in multiple languages. Please visit the following link for information.

NHK WORLD also provides information about the new Coronavirus.

Registration for the Safety Confirmation System (Emergency Call) and Contact Information Survey for JET Participants

CLAIR requests each JET participant to register for the Safety Confirmation System (Emergency Call) and Contact Information Survey. These are two separate systems. Please register to both using the links below.

Safety Confirmation System:

Your login ID and password are both the final nine numbers of your JET Number, omitting the first two digits (20).

Contact Information Survey:
Login ID: JET Number (11 digits beginning with 20)
Password: Date of birth (YYYYMMDD)

Response to Safety Confirmation during Emergencies

CLAIR provides the Safety Confirmation System (Emergency Call) for use in times of emergency that necessitate direct action, such as an earthquake with seismic intensity of level 5-upper is reported or an emergency warning has been issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency.

In times of emergency, the system will send a message to JET Programme participants by the method of contact they have registered in the system. These messages require a response.

If your registered method of contact is mobile or landline telephone, the telephone guidance will be in Japanese. If you feel you may have trouble responding to such guidance, please change your registered contact method from telephone to e-mail or another written form.

Actual safety confirmation procedures are as follows:
In the case of emergency warnings resulting from, for example, heavy rains or river flooding, registered participants will receive a message from the e-mail address with a title like “【Heavy Rain/River Flooding】 Safety Confirmation”. The body of these messages will include a URL that will allow participants to confirm their own safety.

Confirmation groups are divided by prefecture/designated city, so participants may receive safety confirmation requests even when they are not physically near the site of a disaster. In this case, a response is still required from each individual to whom the request is sent.

Mental Health Support Resources

With the aim of enhancing mental health support for JET Programme participants, CLAIR offers the JET Programme Mental Health Counselling Assistance Programme. This programme provides a partial subsidy (50%, up to 30,000 yen per year) for counselling costs incurred through consultation with mental health professionals in Japan not covered by health insurance.

The coverage period for this year is from 1 April, 2020 to 31 March, 2021. The application form must be sent to CLAIR by 9 April, 2021 (Fri).

CLAIR also offers a free online service to provide JET Programme participants with mental health assistance from professional counsellors using Web Mail and Skype.

If you would like to use this service, please access the following website. After entering the password, you will be instructed to register. You can receive up to seven Skype Counselling sessions from 1 April, 2020 to 31 March, 2021. CLAIR recommends trying the Web Mail Counselling system first. There is no limit to the number of threads you can start in the Web Mail Counselling system.

In addition to the Web Mail and Skype counselling listed above, we have established a free-dial telephone counselling service. This service is available once per month and does not require any advance reservation. Dates of operation are listed below. Please make the most of these services if you are experiencing anxiety or other burdens on your mental health.

(Operating Hours: Third Wednesday of every month, from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm.)
※Schedule for the fiscal year of April 2020 to March 2021
15 April, 20 May, 17 June, 15 July, 19 August, 16 September, 21 October, 18 November, 16 December,
20 January, 17 February, 17 March

Web Mail Counselling

Login Password: Please ask your contracting organization or refer to the e-mail version of CLAIR News.


Skype Counselling

Login Password: Please ask your contracting organization or refer to the e-mail version of CLAIR News.


Counselling via Telephone

Phone number: 0120-810-803
(No advance reservation required. Calls are free of charge.)
※ Limited to one call per person per day (no annual limit)

※ ※ CLAIR has prepared three telephone lines for this service; however, there may be times when the lines become congested. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Registering with Your Embassy

All JET participants are strongly advised to register with their home country’s embassy or local consulate while living in Japan, as your embassy may be able to help you and your relatives obtain necessary information and check on each other’s safety in times of emergency. Please ask your home country’s embassy or local consulate for details:

Enrolment in Property Insurance

Is your house or apartment covered by property insurance (kasai hoken)? If you do not know, please check with your contracting organisation supervisor.

There have been several cases where JET participants were forced to pay for the damages to not only their own, but also their neighbours’ housing when there were water leaks or other problems (if a water leak occurs, damage to the property of neighbours is covered by the JET Accident Insurance Policy Liability Endorsement, but damage to your own property as well as damage to the structure or building can only be covered by property insurance). Whether or not to purchase property insurance is the choice of the JET participant. However, if you are liable for damages, the costs can be very high. Therefore CLAIR recommends that JET participants enrol in property insurance.

In addition, CLAIR also recommends enrolment in earthquake insurance (jishin hoken). Despite the fact that the vast majority of JET Programme Participants are renting their housing, they are still able to insure personal assets in the case of an earthquake. Please consider the value of items in your home such as personal computers, televisions, and audio equipment, along with the cost of insurance premiums when deciding whether or not to enrol in earthquake insurance.

Japanese Language Courses (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced)

For those currently enrolled in one of CLAIR’s Japanese language courses, please remember to plan your study schedule ahead of time. If you would like to change your course level, you can do so by accessing the Contact Information Survey site, selecting your desired course, and then clicking the ‘OK’ button at the very bottom of the page.

Participants who apply before the 10th of any given month will be able to start their course on the 1st of the following month. Once your course has started, please remember to plan your study schedule ahead of time.

Translation & Interpretation Course (Chinese/Korean/English)

The translation and interpretation course offered by CLAIR would normally be opening for registration at this time of year. However, due to the postponement of the arrival of JET participants in April of this year, the registration schedule is in the process of being revised. Information about the schedule when finalised will be posted on the CLAIR official website at the following link:

Calling All Aspiring Writers: Submission of Articles for JET Programme Voices

CLAIR and The Yomiuri Shimbun have launched a periodical column in The Japan News, a globally-circulated English language newspaper. “JET Programme Voices” is a collection of articles submitted by current and former JET participants which give a worldwide audience insight into unique experiences and achievements of participants during their time on the Programme. Instructions regarding the submission of documents are accessible from the link below.

Multilingual Disaster Preparedness Signage Tool

CLAIR provides an online tool to easily develop signage in multiple languages as part of continued efforts to promote disaster preparedness and internationalisation at the grassroots level. The main purpose of this tool is to allow users to create signage leading to evacuation areas, but it has many other useful templates as well. CIRs who are responsible for planning international events or translating signage as part of their work duties may find this tool helpful.

Emergency Pocket Guide for JETs

In Japan, 1 September is Disaster Prevention Day, and is a good opportunity to make yourself aware of and engage in disaster preparedness. CLAIR has compiled an Emergency Pocket Guide for reference in the event of a disaster. Please keep it with you at all times.

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